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BOOK BIZ — Another sweeping novel by Sue Monk Kidd that follows strong women

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, retail, Sue Monk Kidd

If you like big sweeping novels that follow characters over a long span of time, and if you’re a fan of Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings is for you. The author of The Secret Life of Bees has penned another bold story about strong women who won’t be held back by circumstances. The […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY — Leading by example, Greg Drumwright gets ‘in the trenches’ with workers

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi

I work with a number of companies on creating greater employee engagement in their workforce. These companies realize that the path to success is one where employees give their discretionary effort and actually “care.” Interestingly, there are no magic bullets for creating engagement. It is far easier to bark orders and command people to do […] [...]

GITOMER: Online subscriptions offer amazing perks and value

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, column, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi

Online publications are the rage and the future. They offer amazing value for the publisher, for the advertiser, and for the reader. They also offer more than significant cost reduction for all three players. BACKGROUND: I moved to Charlotte in 1988. I brought as much of the Northeast with me as I possibly could. That […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Rethinking what defines an underdog and how they manage to win

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Book Biz, Business, Mississippi, The New York Times

Author Malcolm Gladwell has made a career out of taking conventional wisdom and turning it on its head. Whether he’s explaining how seemingly small events transform themselves into trends (The Tipping Point), or how protégés and experts are made and not born (Outliers), or how what we perceive as instinct may not be (Blink), his […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Customer focused — Frank Fair grows business

A friend of mine shared a quote that has stuck with me, “Salespeople and bartenders make the world go round; the rest of us are just bystanders.” I share this quote in jest to emphasize the point that the ability to sell your product or service is CRITICAL. While this may seem obvious, I have […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S THE SPIN CYCLE: Media Tips, Crisis Communications & Negative Press, Oh My!

As a former journalist, avid writer and lover of well-crafted turns of phrase, I spend a lot of time at our shop coaching, advising and strategizing with companies and organizations on how to come out on top while navigating the pitfalls of tough interviews, simmering crises and negative news. At Deane, Smith & Partners, we […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be a residential real estate investor? Part 2

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi, real estate

In part one we discussed how to determine whether a person had the right characteristics to be a residential real estate investor and how to find the right neighborhood. We now move to finding and managing the right property. There are two really important axioms to keep in mind when investing in residential real estate. […] [...]

PARENTAL GUIDANCE — Walker Tann learns about business from family

by Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, leadership, Mississippi

In the United States, there are more than 75 million Baby Boomers, and it is estimated that approximately 7 million of them are privately held business owners. I reference these facts because there are a large number of family-owned business owners in Mississippi that will are or will be thinking through how to transition their […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — 88 countries, brands on display at Winter Olympics

by Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, marketing, Mississippi

With the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics, all eyes are on the Black Sea city of Sochi as Russia hosts its first ever winter games under a cloud of controversy. As we tune-in to the all the pageantry, athleticism and spirited competition, the 88 countries participating in the games become the dominant global brands […] [...]

ALEX LITTLEJOHN — Passage of Farm Bill good for state farmers and Mississippi conservation

On Feb. 4, 2014, the U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in a bi-partisan vote to approve re-authorization of the U.S. Farm Bill. Mississippi’s entire delegation — Congressmen Thompson, Harper, Nunnelee, and Palazzo, as well as Senators Cochran and Wicker — all supported the measure. As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator […] [...]

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